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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave a press conference following her state of the state address to open the 2019 legislative session. 

 

Noem did her best to touch on a wide array of topics that are of interest and concern to South Dakotan’s.  One area in particular is the rise of meth use across the state.  Governor Noem has even sent four members of the South Dakota National Guard to the US border with Mexico as she says most of the meth coming into South Dakota comes from Mexico.  According to Noem the key to battling meth is to prevent teens and young adults from ever picking up the habit...

 

 

 

 

Governor Noem also spoke in her speech about the pheasant population and the economic importance of keeping the bird numbers high across South Dakota.  In order to achieve this, governor Noem is seeking private/public partnerships between land owners and foundations dedicated to maintaining pheasant habitat.  Governor Noem explained her ideas further...

 

 

 

 

Finally, governor Noem continued to discuss an issue that her predecessor, Governor Dennis Daugaard tried to reform during his time in charge and that is licensure issues.  Often times when people move to the state they are required to get licensed to continue practicing their profession, whether that be in cosmetology, massage therapy or other professions.  According to Noem, streamlining the process and getting those people back to work will be important...

 

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